I recently graduated college and started my new full-time job. The truth is, I absolutely love it and have no idea where the past week has gone. Welcome to public relations, right? Time will fly by, but there are a few things that you need to keep in mind when you’re the “newbie” at work.
- Respect those around you and know where you stand. You’re a new hire, so respect is the best quality that you can present to your boss.
- Expect that you’ll be the first and last to arrive and leave work. Having this personal expectation will take you far. Sometimes you’ll have all of your work complete and be able to leave on time, but in the PR world, 9-5 doesn’t exist, it’s a fact.
- Analyze your surroundings. Don’t sit around and wait for work to come to you. Listen to what your boss suggests and take initiative by creating assignments that you know your boss needs help with (if everything else is done).
- Learn every inch of your workplace. Even if you don’t think you’ll need to know it, chances are… you will. Knowledge in your industry will never hurt you, so over asking about elements of your workplace will always be a plus one for you.
Keep in mind, being the “newbie” doesn’t mean you should be silent and neglect asking questions. Your boss will likely want you to engage in conversation and give appropriate feedback in meetings. You don’t want to be six months in and asking “newbie” questions, trust me. Be confident and take on your new job full-force.